MINNEAPOLIS: There will be a little relocation and discloation at second base and shortstop when Asdrubal Cabrera is activated form the disabled list on Friday against Tampa Bay.
Since Cabrera fractured a bone in his forearm two months ago, Jason Donald has been the everyday guy at short. The rookie has played well enough offensively and defensively to work himself into the mix of options for manager Manny Acta. But one thing the Tribe wanted to do but couldn't do because of Cabrera's absence, is check out Donald at second base.
Now is their chance. But if Acta goes that route, he will limit his opportunities to see Jayson Nix, who was claimed on waivers from the White Sox and has played well as the regular second baseman for three weeks. Nix lately has cooled off at the plate, striking out way too much (seven times in 18 at-bats), but he also went on a home run binge that has netted him six in 77 at-bats with Cleveland.
""We're still evaluating what to do at second,'' Acta said. ""I still have three days before I have to make a decision.
""We could move Donald to second and make Nix our utility infielder. If Donald is not the second baseman, he'll go back to Triple-A. We don't want him sitting around as the utility guy. He needs to get playing time wherever he is.''
Nix primarily is a second baseman/third baseman, but he has played shortstop, so he could fill the utility role.
One thing we know: Cabrera will bat second in the lineup behind Michael Brantley. Until he got hurt, Cabrera was the leadoff batter.